Members of Yonder String Mountain Band and Leftover Salmon play Vine Street Pub and Brewery Block Party Sept 17

By Kuvy Ax

This September, Denver’s Vine Street Pub (soon to be Vine Street Pub and Brewery) will hold their first “Belgian Beer Month,” with rare Belgian beer releases all month long. 

The biggest event of the festival will be the Vine Street Pub Block Party, Saturday September 17th 1-9 p.m., when Vine Street from 17th Street to 18th Streetwill be closed to traffic for the festivities.  The Block Party begins with a “Brewer’s Olympics,” an event that is the first of its kind, where breweries from across the Front Range will compete in events such as a grain stacking contest, a tricycle obstacle course, and the yeast-filled balloon toss – and company reputations are on the line!  Participating breweries will also pour their beer in the “World’s Best Beer Garden.”  Currently confirmed participants include:

  • Wynkoop Brewing Company
  • Twisted Pine Brewing
  • Breckenridge Brewery
  • Upslope Brewing Company
  • Oskar Blues Brewery
  • Avery Brewery Company
  • Great Divide Brewing
  • and of course, Mountain Sun Ales

The Block Party continues that evening with a bluegrass band, the Vine Street All Stars, who will be joined by very special guests Dave Johnston of Yonder Mountain String Band, and Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon.  During brand breaks, local comedians will compete in a “Denver All Star Comedy Debate”.

The previous Thursday, September 15 at 6 p.m., there will be a special dinner in the brand-new brewery, with a class and tasting led by Head Brewer Brian Hutchinson, “Belgian Beer 101: Tasting the Trend Sweeping the Nation,” along with appetizers provided by Mountain Sun Pubs’ new Executive Chef Annabel Forrestal. Participants will be among the very first to tour the brand-new brewery, which is only weeks away from completion. Tickets for this event are $50 per person and available at all three Mountain Sun Ales locations: Mountain Sun and Southern Sun Pub & Breweries in Boulder, and Vine Street Pub in Denver.

All month long, Vine Street will offer these house beers rotating on tap for Belgian Month:

  • Franklin’s Strong Golden Ale (a special new beer brewed specifically for Belgian Month – see description below)
  • 3-5 brand new Belgian Saisons (being brewed specifically for Belgian month)
  • Onslaught Belgian Imperial IPA (see description below)
  • Dirty Dark Sour (see description below)
  • Temperance Belgian Pale
  • Prudence Belgian Honey Ale
  • Fortitude Belgian Tripel
  • Justice Strong Belgian Red
  • Bombshell Blonde
  • St Amos Wit
  • Shadow Master Belgian Stout
  • 1636 Belgian Dubbel
  • Champagne Lady Strong Golden Ale

New Vine Street Belgian Beers:

Dirty Dark Belgian Sour:  This dark brown Belgian style strong ale has been aging for 6 months in a sour merlot merlot barrel.  AT 9.5% ABV, this complex ale hits the palette with a pleasant tartness, woody tannins, and a hint of dark caramel.  The Dirty Dark truly shows the magic of the barrel.  Before touching the wood, this beer was malty, sweet, and slightly heavy on the palate.  After undergoing a re-fermentation in the barrel, the result is a dry, sour, ale that lends just a hint of it’s sweet, malty past.

Franklin’s Strong Golden Ale:  This unique take on a Belgian style strong golden ale, features a sturdy dose of Saaz, Amarillo, and Styrian Golding hops.  The aroma is fruity with hints of orange and spice.  A generous portion of wheat and oats were used to lend a pleasant, full mouthfeel, while ensuring a crisp, dry finish.  8.3% ABV

Onslaught Belgian Imperial IPA:  The Mountain Sun brewers combined two of their greatest loves in this special ale: massive amounts of hops, and Belgian yeast.  This dry-hopped hybrid ale is loaded with hops from both America and Europe, and features the distinct spicy and fruity character imparted by Belgian yeast.  9.6% ABV

Guest Belgian Taps Offered During September:

U.S. Breweries

  • Avery – Salvation, Karma Belgian Pale, Sour TBD, 18th Anniversary Ale (Rye Saison)
  • Black Fox – Faust Part II or similar
  • Boulevard Brewing – Tank 7
  • Great Divide – Belgian Yeti
  • Russian River – Damnation
  • The Bruery – Saison Rue, Mischief
  • Lost Abbey – Multiple styles
  • Greenflash- Le Freak Belgian IPA
  • Green Flash & Brasserie St. Feuillien Collaboration – Biere De LaMitie
  • St. Somewhere Brewing Company – Saison Athene
  • Jolly Pumpkin – Calabaza Blanca

Belgium and Beyond

  • Cantillion  – Classic Gueze
  • Fantome – Fantome Saison
  • De Ranke XX Bitter
  • Geants Sasion Voisin
  • Geants Gouyasse Belgian Blonde
  • Duvel Belgian Ale
  • Maredsous Brune
  • St. Bernardus Abt 12
  • Watou Tripel
  • La Binchoise Blonde
  • Troublette
  • Echt Kriekenbier
  • OUD Beersel  – Kriek, Geuze
  • Girardin –  Gueuze
  • La Trappe – Witte Trappist,  Blond
  • Saison Dupont Farmhouse Ale
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Kasteel Rouge

Check www.mountainsunpub.com for details as they become available.

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The third pub in the Mountain Sun family, Vine Street Pub opened in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood April 14, 2008 to a standing-room-only crowd.  As is the case at Mountain Sun and Southern Sun Brewpubs in Boulder, Vine Street features 20+ taps of house brews and quality craft beers, award-winning all-natural burgers, and a comfortable, living room-like atmosphere. Vine Street Pub plans to open a 3,500 sq ft brewery on site fall 2011.

Mountain Sun Ales have won numerous awards around the globe, including six gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. In 2009, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery’s Head Brewer Brian Hutchinson was crowned “Alpha King” with his Hop Vivant Imperial IPA (making Mountain Sun the first and only Colorado brewery to take the title.)  In 2010, they won a silver medal for their Illusion Dweller IPA.  For more information about Mountain Sun ales, pubs and brewpubs, visit www.mountainsunpub.com. To arrange interviews with Head Brewer Brian Hutchinson or Proprietor Kevin J. Daly, contact Kuvy Ax at 720.329.7327 or cuttingedgemarketing@comcast.net.

Contact Info

Company: Vine Street Pub (and soon to be Brewery!)
Contact: Paul Nashak
E-mail: paul@mountainsunpub.com